Benin – Rain, Slaves and Religion

A little less cycling, A little more sight-seeing Firstly, apologies for lack of photos in these latest updates – internet is lethargic here and I need to get some km’s…

Togo – A Mix of Religion

Love lost in Kpalime Over the border into Togo I flew down the hill into Kpalime. Another town in Africa. My introduction to Togo. Friendly people. French-speaking. I checked-in, showered…

Cycle Touring Maintenance Essentials

I have written another article for my sponsors Webtogs about some equipment I’ve found particularly useful for maintaining my bike… in particular,  a toothbrush! You can read the article here:…

Ghana – The Bike Strikes Back

The third update in the Ghana trilogy and we see the bike making a comeback. The long awaited reappearance! No more excuses for staying in Accra. Time to put the…

Ghana – The Return to Accra

Sequels are often a let-down. The original is rarely surpassed. Ghana, the second time around however, was the exception. Not unexpectedly though. After some R&R, my energy levels and enthusiasm…

10 months of statistics – to Accra

It’s 10 month’s since I left the UK. I’ve made it to Ghana. And it’s time for a summary of the trip so far, by numbers. I’ve posted some statistics…

OK in Ouagadougou

I spent two weeks in Ouaga. Camping in the car-park of the OK Inn Hotel. Sandwiched between  a truck park and the hotel reception. Doesn’t sound so OK. But what…

Timbuktu Cats

Firstly, Timbuktu is a real place – a dusty town on the edge of the Sahara in Mali. Timbuktu is a place of legend and many early European explorers through…

A Change Can Do You Good

A month’s break from the bike seems to have been the perfect medicine for re-igniting my interest in my travels in West Africa and Mali specifically. It’s been a fascinating…

The Travel Blues in Mali

Mali is famous for it’s music but I haven’t heard much and haven’t tried to find it.  I’ve been singing my own song and I’d have to say it’not very…